2 Day - 1 Night quick visit
DAY 1 : Arrive by ferry (or plane) and launch early into exploring the Island to maximise your daylight sightseeing time. Be careful not to underestimate the size of the island. It can take a good 4 hours of driving alone from Penneshaw to the Western End and back again, excluding sightseeing stops.
Follow the South Coast Road to the Western End of the island, working your way back toward your Sunrise on Falie 'home away from home' accommodation at American River toward the evening.
Down the extreme Western end of the island, is the Flinders Chase National Park, Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch which has now reopened.
This is an amazing area, although badly burnt out during the 2020 Bushfires. Perhaps check on the South Australia National Parks website before heading in for updates on any closures, but even being able to see how the bush in Australia regenerates after a major fire is an experience in itself.
Traveling back along the South Coast Road, drop into sites largely unaffected by the fires:
• Seal Bay • Stokes Bay • Emu Bay • Cygnet River
• Vivonne Bay (also a place to stop and find fuel and food).
Raptor Domain wildlife and bird park is well worth the visit. You'll find this located at the entrance to the Seal Bay turnoff.
Little Sahara sand dunes are a great place for the adventure minded activity seekers - but also just amazing to view.
It's a long day and but a really enjoyable one.
Navigation back to Sunrise on Falie can be programmed into your Maps using '15 Falie Court - American River, Kangaroo Island, South Australia'
If you plan to eat-out rather than cook-in, American River has a couple of quality restaurants within walking distance from Sunrise on Falie ... the Mercure Hotel and Wanderer's Rest. But you will need to book in advance.
After dinner, take an evening walk near us to see the wallabies, and if it is a clear night, the stunning sky. The 'Milky Way' star constellation view is far better on Kangaroo Island when there is no background city lights to spoil the view. Travelers from the Northern Hemisphere will be amazed by the darkness and clarity of our Night Sky. You'll see millions of stars you've never seen before.
Then it's time to get comfy back at home with us!
You'll be tired. This was a big drive day.
DAY 2 : Up early to see the sunrise and you will hear the birds. Cockatoos, Parrots, Glossy Blacks, Magpies, Currowongs, Kookaburras, Blue Wrens. Look for freshly dug holes and the odd Echidna may appear. Look for our distinctive Goannas and Koalas when they travel through looking for a meal. We do occasionally get Kangaroos, Wallabies and even Possums on the driveway and decks so you might hear them at night.
We are near bushland and have kept as many trees as we can on the property to encourage nesting and feeding.
There is a walk 'Cannery walk' that starts 300m from us and travels along the coastline of Eastern Cove for keen morning walkers. You will see Pelicans, Black swans, and many small birds and even our local wild geese. Take the camera or even your mobile phone and be ready for the unexpected.
Check out American River wharf area and the Pelican Lagoon Conservation Zone on your way out of the township.
Then it's out for the day to get just a glimpse of the North Coast region – Stokes Bay – with its hidden entrance through the rocks. Then it's the North Coast Road (unpaved) to Emu Bay, Kingscote and maybe the Honey Farm, Eucalyptus Distillery OR you head over to the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park & Aquarium near Parndana in the centre of the Island. Allow 4 hours at least and the option of a light lunch at the Rockpool café in Stokes Bay.
Then the afternoon its heading toward the ferry point (Penneshaw) and if you still have enough time you can take a 2 hour travel along the Cape Willoughby Road that goes through the 'Dudley Peninsula'. Here there is a winery (Dudley Wines) with stunning views across the sea passage to the mainland. They also have quality food (Pizzas and local entrée foods). Another lunch option is False Cape Wines on Willson River Road. Great homemade pies and wine tastings, children's nature play area. Disability access.
Then it's back to the ferry point and your heading to the mainland.
You will do a reasonable amount of driving but will be travelling through very interesting countryside and have lots to be tempted to stop and explore more. With a short stay you don't get much time to wander though.
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